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I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie | [Pamela Des Barres, Dave Navarro]

I'm with the Band: Confessions of a Groupie

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa.
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Publisher's Summary

The stylish, exuberant, and remarkably sweet confession of one of the most famous groupies of the 1960s and 70s is back in this new edition that includes an afterword on the author's last 15 years of adventures.

As soon as she graduated from high school, Pamela Des Barres headed for the Sunset Strip, where she knocked on rock stars' backstage doors and immersed herself in the drugs, danger, and ecstasy of the freewheeling 1960s. Over the next 10 years, she had affairs with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page, Keith Moon, Waylon Jennings, Chris Hillman, Noel Redding, and Jim Morrison, among others. She traveled with Led Zeppelin; lived in sin with Don Johnson; turned down a date with Elvis Presley; and was close friends with Robert Plant, Gram Parsons, Ray Davies, and Frank Zappa. As a member of the GTO's, a girl group masterminded by Frank Zappa, she was in the thick of the most revolutionary renaissance in the history of modern popular music.

Warm, witty, and sexy, this kiss-and-tell-all stands out as the perfect chronicle of one of rock 'n' roll's most thrilling eras.

©1987 Pamela Des Barres (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Sunny, uninhibited prose." (Slate.com)

"She charms me every time she refuses to regret. And she regrets nothing." (Los Angeles Times)

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    Armstrong Havana, IL, United States 09-10-11
    Armstrong Havana, IL, United States 09-10-11
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    "Dont waste your money...........please"

    Easily the worst audible book I have purchased, horrible narration by the author, mostly reads from her diary from the 60's, 70's and 80's, poor, very poor. I kept skipping ahead thinking there was merit for someone to actually publish this but there are NO interesting chapters, none!!!!

    25 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua W. Ledbetter 09-09-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Dont waste your credits"

    Proof that not all authors should be allowed to narrate their own books. As if a story about a girl with zero self esteem and daddy issues is not boring enough, her performance is terrible and not up to Audible standards. This book can be summed up as 11 hours and a credit that I will never get back. Don't waste either, find a different book.

    28 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Toni R. 09-10-11
    Toni R. 09-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "stinks"

    I can't believe this writer ever saw a band let alone was a groupie. This book is a waste of time and money.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    karyn richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12
    karyn richmond, VA, United States 05-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Un-listenable...."

    I really, really loved this book when it came out. A wild sordid story of one girl living an unconventional life in the 60's when California rock was being born. I read and re- read it and was SO excited to revisit it on audible. Miss Pamela ruins her own story by not out sourcing the reading to someone else. Her over dramatic and breathless reading, not to mention the need she feels to sing off key bits and pieces of songs allowed me to stomach about 40 min of this recording. I kept hoping and praying she would return to a normal voice once she got past her adolescence to no avail. It's really disappointing that the person that produced this didn't reign her in so that her amazing story could be told in a less distracting way. If you really want to experience this book, buy it and read it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    stacecoaster Menasha, WI 10-25-13
    stacecoaster Menasha, WI 10-25-13

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    "Like you're sitting in her living room"
    Where does I'm with the Band rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of all the Autobiography's this is the top. The only one that might be better is Rob Lowe's.


    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to and why?

    The book by John Taylor or Heart - both rock and roll memoirs. Nancy & Ann Wilsons was good, but Pamela Des Barres is way more engaging. John Taylor's was good, but I felt like he was telling me a story that I had already heard through the stuff I read thoughout the years. John Taylor's and Heart's audio books sounded like they read from their books. It got boring at times... Pamela let's me into a world I briefly encountered, and lets me live vicariously through her - knowing about the pains of having my heart broken, falling madly in love, having a crush, adoring the people who are so creative is makes your head explode and having the moment (in her case lots of moments) to be in the presence of them.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way she narrates it. It's like you're sitting in her living room with her while she is sharing you her stories - like your big sister or Aunt does. She isn't reading, she is telling you stories. It could be word for word for her book, but she doesnt make you feel like she's reading from her book. Plus she breaks away and tells some small elaboration of a piece of a story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah! but I personally like listening to them in chunks... easier to digest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen Finlay 05-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Entertaining"

    Pamela can certainly write, and wow what a story to tell! I really enjoyed her energetic narration and loved the spontaneous, unscripted bits of info that she would add while reading her story. I had read some negative reviews and was doubtful as to whether I would like this book, but I'm very glad I took a chance with this one, very entertaining and highly recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    juliet daylesford, Australia 03-15-13
    juliet daylesford, Australia 03-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Charming"
    Would you listen to I'm with the Band again? Why?

    Yes, I might. Pamela does such a great job of narrating it, her warmth and personality shine through. By listening to her I could see why all the band members loved her, something that might not have come across if it were narrated by someone else.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miss P!


    What about Pamela Des Barres’s performance did you like?

    She put so much energy into her narration and I really liked the extra bits she threw in as she was going. I also liked the catch up bits at the end.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, I liked to listen to a chapter then sit with what I'd heard.


    Any additional comments?

    Not long enough. I hope to listen to more of her exploits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 06-28-12
    Natalie Auckland, New Zealand 06-28-12 Member Since 2011

    An audio book loving Aucklander.

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    "If you love rock, you'll love the history"

    Some of it was sappy and a little hard to listen to, but in the main I liked hearing about that era in musical history. For an avid rock fan, any extra info about the life behind the scenes is enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark United States 06-19-12
    Mark United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "book about Ms. Des Barres, not the music or stars"

    This is only the second of about 75 audible books I haven't been able to finish. I was hoping for some insight into the music, the musicians, and the rock scene that she was part of. Instead, it's just a book about the author and her fairly cliche coming of age story. There's nothing really wrong with that, I guess. It's just not interesting enough to bother reading about. Even if it were, the writing is too hackneyed to tolerate. I like the idea of her narrating the book for audible. But, she's not very good. The narration is mostly over-done. However, there are a few parts when she breaks character and inserts a comment or two on the book (which she wrote about 20 years before she recorded it). Those are surprisingly charming and so genuine that they emphasize how phony the rest is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Graciele São Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12
    Graciele São Paulo, Brazil 04-11-12 Member Since 2012

    I´m a librarian. I love to read, rock & roll, read about rock & roll and I also love tv series.

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    "Sweet Pam"
    Would you listen to I'm with the Band again? Why?

    Yes. I did listen some parts once, twice.. It's delicious.


    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to and why?

    I compare with Marianne Faithfull's biography, but Pam is happier, a sunny woman.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's a wonderful reader! She's a really actress, a nice actress.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I did. I laugh sometimes and I cried at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, readers/ listeners, Open your minds!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Touching, exuberant, a real blast from the past!"
    What other book might you compare I'm with the Band to, and why?

    The audio style is less like reading a book, more like having a friend on the phone. Most of the book is diary excerpts and she acts them out with breathless teenage excitement. The style might not be to everyone's taste, but bear with it because once you get used to it, it really adds to the naive wonderment of a teenager entering the world of rock and roll. You get to be right there with her and you begin to recall your teenage self.


    What does Pamela Des Barres bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    What does really work with this conversational style is that Pamela add asides, clarifications and other thoughts and memories that you would get from the book alone. She also adds a lot of texture, fleshing out the many characters we meet along the way.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    It gives a great feel for what it was like to live in Los Angeles in the 60s and 70s. Obviously there are many famous names mentioned, but her recollections of them vary considerably - some passionate, some friendly, some a pointed dislike. Some of her reflections are touching and on occasion achingly sad, the section about Keith Moon especially. She saw them in a way that the public never did and appreciated them as the men behind the fame.


    Any additional comments?

    This would appeal to anyone who can remember what it was like to be excited by songs and the bands that played them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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